the foreigner trailer

Every aging action star will someday try to get their own Taken. And now, it’s Jackie Chan‘s turn. The legendary martial artist looks to be trying something very new with The Foreigner, a thriller that discards his Buster Keaton-esque comedic sensibilities in favor of brooding and vengeance and more “realistic” action. And on the receiving end of Chan’s violence is former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan, making this movie a potentially intriguing clash of fading titans.

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The Only Living Boy in New York trailer

After spending around five years or so of his life making The Amazing Spider-Man movies, director Marc Webb returned to movies much smaller in scale. Webb’s first post-Spidey gig, Gifted, was well liked and struck a chord with audiences, making $24 million at the box-office. His next drama, The Only Living Boy in New York, doesn’t look as accessible, based on a trailer that’s maybe a tad overstuffed.

It is the next feature from the director of (500) Days of Summer, though, and it does star Jeff BridgesPierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, and Kate Beckinsale, so the Only Living Boy in New York trailer isn’t without some promise.

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Daniel Wu in Into the Badlands Season 2

The TV news keeps on coming, thanks to the TCAs. After the jump:

  • Portlandia has been renewed for one final season.
  • AMC and BBC are teaming up for a new John le Carré miniseries.
  • TV Land officially orders Heathers to series.
  • Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks’ Cops gets a series from TBS.
  • Pierce Brosnan tries on a Texan twang in the first trailer for The Son.
  • Alan Tudyk is Batman’s obnoxious cousin in Powerless.
  • Could Girl Meets World return elsewhere?
  • And more!

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I.T. trailer

Pierce Brosnan‘s post-James Bond career is an endless source of fascination. Sure, he’s done his fair share of the expected “aging action hero” junk like The November Man and Survivor, but he’s at his most interesting when he’s teetering on the edge of his cool-and-composed onscreen persona. He was a bright spot of lunacy in the otherwise turgid No Escape, an inspired comic presence in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, and the snippets we’ve seen of his performance in the upcoming drug thriller Urge look like my kind of bonkers. I’ll on board the modern Pierce Brosnan train, especially if he derails the whole thing near Crazy Town.

And that brings us to the I.T. trailer, a very silly-looking techno-thriller that’s all about an aging family man doing battle with a young hacker/computer expert who uses his skills to take over a family’s smart home and make their lives a living hell. Have you ever seen one of your parents yell at their new-fangled iPad or internet router? Consider this the natural extension of that primal conflict.

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doctor who

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor supposedly turned down Doctor Who.
  • Pierce Brosnan joins AMC’s The Son.
  • Dwayne Johnson releases a new trailer for Ballers.
  • New footage from Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender is here.

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urge trailer

Every James Bond actor must eventually come to terms with the end of his tenure as the most famous spy in movie history and address a most terrifying question: what’s next? For Sean Connery, that was a decade-plus of poor choices followed by an Oscar, a career resurrection, and a quiet retirement. For Roger Moore, that was a few decades of work followed by an unofficial position as official mascot of the 007 series. For Timothy Dalton, that was a slow transformation into a malleable supporting actor and eventually, a fantastic starring role on Penny Dreadful.

The arrival of the Urge trailer finally gives us a clue what Pierce Brosnan‘s later years may look like now that he’s officially phasing out of the action hero thing. If this preview is any indication, Brosnan is fully prepared to drop all inhibitions and become the wacky character actor that we’ve occasionally been able to glimpse beneath his steely veneer. Urge looks like a must-see just so we can bear witness to whatever the hell Brosnan is doing here.

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GoldenEye

Two decades after GoldenEye, star Pierce Brosnan and director Martin Campbell are looking to team up again, albeit for a very different kind of movie. They’re joining forces for Across the River and Into the Trees, based on Ernest Hemingway‘s 1950 novel about an older man who travels to an exotic location and strikes up a romance with a much younger woman. So on second thought, maybe Across the River and Into the Trees has something in common with James Bond after all.  Read More »

VOTD: How Many People Has James Bond Killed?

James Bond Kill Count

With six different iterations of 007 spanning 24 films, it should come as no surprise to anyone that James Bond has killed a lot of people. Whether it’s with his trusty Walther PPK of the many gadgets that Q bestows upon him, wherever James Bond goes, death will inevitably follow.

But just how many people has 007 killed? A new James Bond kill count supercut runs through each and every death caused by her majesty’s most trusted secret agent, and not only is it quite a lot, but some of them are downright silly. Read More »

2002, JAMES BOND: DIE ANOTHER DAY

Even as our current James Bond suits up for his next adventure, fans have started talking about about who could, or should, replace Daniel Craig. In particular, there’s been much speculation about whether the next Bond could be played by a non-white actor for the first time in franchise history.

For his part, former Bond Pierce Brosnan says he sees “no reason” why we couldn’t have a black Bond. Meanwhile, Chiwetel Ejiofor (himself a popular fan pick for the role) suggests Michael Peña should be the next one to pick up 007’s signature Walther PPK. Read the Pierce Brosnan black James Bond comments after the jump.  Read More »

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Some Kind of Beautiful trailer

You can take the man out of the James Bond franchise, but you can’t take the James Bond franchise out of the man. Or so it seems based on the Some Kind of Beautiful trailer, which stars Pierce Brosnan as a notorious British womanizer. Sound familiar?

But while 007’s adventures usually revolved around assassins, femmes fatale, and megalomaniacs, the issues here are more mundane — marriage, a kid, an awkward love triangle. (Of course, given that said love triangle involves Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba, you could argue his problems are just as exciting.) Watch the Some Kind of Beautiful trailer after the jump.  Read More »